Scowen seeking turnaround in away fortunes

THE feeling in and around the QPR camp at the moment is one of frustration.

Frustration, on the road in particular, of not being able to convert positive performances into positive points returns.

For the fourth time this season on Saturday, Rangers led on their travels, only to fail to turn their dominance into a victory, as Sunderland salvaged a point when, in truth, Ian Holloway’s side could – and probably should – have been out of sight.

Josh Scowen, who again impressed in the 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light, echoed those frustrations when speaking to www.qpr.co.uk at Harlington earlier this week.

“There have been a lot of positives in the recent games, but the one major frustration is that we've not taken our chances,” he said.

“Of course it’s frustrating, because we feel we’re doing enough to get victories on the board on our travels, but for one reason or another, it’s not happening for us at the moment.

"We're getting in the right positions and I'm sure if we keep doing that, we'll get the rub of the green and the goals will come.”

Rangers led at Sunderland courtesy of Idrissa Sylla’s first half header, but despite numerous chances for Holloway’s men, the all-important second goal proved elusive, and the hosts levelled through Aiden McGeady.

Even then, the R’s had numerous opportunities to win it late on, but a winning goal – which the Hoops performance deserved – wasn’t forthcoming.

Scowen added: “I actually think we're playing quite well, but not necessarily getting the results we deserve.

“It's not as if we're not in games – we are and we have been in most of the games since the start of the season.

“If we keep playing the way we're playing, the wins will come – I’ve no doubt about that at all.

“But when you're 1-0 up away from home, getting the second goal of the game is so important.

"We've led four times away so far this season, but never got that all-important next goal of the game.

"At the moment it's just not falling for us, but we're confident the tide will turn.”

Scowen’s form has been an undoubted highlight so far this season, with his ever-improving performances in the middle of the park, alongside Massimo Luongo and Luke Freeman, impressing the QPR faithful in his first season in the blue and white hoops.

“I’m really enjoying playing here,” he said.

“The understanding between the three of us in the middle of the pitch is growing by the game.

“The more we play together, the better we feel we're getting.

“As long as we all stay fit and keep playing games, we're confident we can go from strength-to-strength as a trio.”

Despite a six-match winless run, Scowen is in upbeat mood ahead of the trip to rock-bottom Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

“There's nothing to be too downbeat about,” he said.

“I think the supporters can see what we're trying to do – and I'm confident we'll give someone a real going over soon.

“We go into every game believing we can get a win – this weekend will be no different.

“They've got their first win now, so they'll be in high spirits, but we'll be going up there to win the game.

“I believe we're more than good enough to go up there and get a victory.

“They've showed they're a good side by beating Sheffield Wednesday, but it's about us and what we can do.”

I'm confident we'll give someone a real going over soon.

Josh Scowen
Josh Scowen and Duncan Watmore in action